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Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #8)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  807 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
To become part of the Nero Wolfe legend, Archie Goodwin must prove his worth

Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks—with a pair of hot lead slugs. Dismissed from his job for being “trigger-happy,” he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective’s a
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Road (first published January 1st 2012)
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Otto Penzler
Sep 18, 2012 Otto Penzler rated it really liked it
All mystery aficionados know Rex Stout and his marvelous Nero Wolfe novels. They are intelligent, witty and well-written whodunits with one of the most lasting heroes of the genre: the eccentric gourmet, orchid-growing private detective and his tough sidekick, Archie Goodwin. Since the 1980s, beginning with Murder in E Minor, Robert Goldsborough has brought the series back to life and has intimately captured Stout’s style. Goldsborough’s newest novel, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe, the prequel to the ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I am a young adult librarian and it has been ages since I read a Nero Wolfe mystery(I only have time for ya books), but when I saw this title on NetGalley I just had to take the time. In adult books, murder mysteries are my first love. It felt like getting reacquainted with an old friend. It was great to find out how those characters got together. I have always loved the interplay between the 2 characters & wondered how two such different personalities became colleagues. Thanks for ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read a few of the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout so far, so really it was a bit early to go on to a prequel by another author. However, I was intrigued by the premise of this one, as I've found myself wondering how Archie and Wolfe ever got together. (Archie promises in the first book that he'll let the readers know all about it some time, but apparently he never did.) I was also tempted because this book was available on Kindle Unlimited in the UK, and I've got a free trial at the mo ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Bret rated it it was ok
After 19 years, Robert Goldsborough returns to the Nero Wolfe universe with this prequel novel concerning Archie Goodwin's first meeting (and case) with Nero Wolfe. Although it read OK, much of the prose felt stilted, and the mystery, concerning a young boy's kidnapping and subsequent return, lacked the sparkle and urgency of Stout's best works. The plot starts off too quickly, burning through Archie's first job as a dock patrol and then easily (too easily) solving his first case as an assistant ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 25, 2013 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it
Throughout the Nero Wolfe books, we've been given snippets of information about how Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe first met, enough to make most fans of Rex Stout's mystery series want more. Now at long last the story is told of Archie long before he became the suave and knowledgeable man we all came to love and admire. To think it all started with a dockside shooting, Black Mask magazine, and a kidnapping.

Robert Goldsborough was originally chosen by Rex Stout's estate to continue writing the ad
Oct 03, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book. As a long time Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe fan and having read Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series several times, I wondered if another could take Stout's place.

I shouldn't have worried. Robert Goldsborough writes like the master - in a sense, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe is even more of a compelling read than the Rex Stout novels and novellas; you should be prepared to stay up all night, call in sick at work, or make excuses to your mate - you will want to finish this as soon as yo
John Patrick
Aug 11, 2014 John Patrick rated it really liked it
I have a special place on my shelf for Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe. I read The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout when I was in the 6th grade and I have been hooked ever since. It was one of the first adult fiction series that I ever read. It had been a long time since I had thought about the series but I happened to be at a convention and found this book. I was excited, not just because it was a new Nero Wolfe book, but because it went back and told the story of how Archie Goodwin came to work for t ...more
Kathy Via
Apr 19, 2015 Kathy Via rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will stick to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie. Something was missing in both Wolfe's and Archie's characterizations. These weren't the guys I know and love.
Delia Binder
May 27, 2015 Delia Binder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mysteries
::3-1/2 stars::

Rex Stout Rex Stout's death in the late 1970s left us with a long-running series of murder mysteries featuring The Great Detective Nero Wolfe and his snarky-but-loyal sidekick (and narrator of all the books in the series), Archie Goodwin. Balancing the divide between the Eccentric Genius popularized in the 19th Century by Sherlock Holmes with the then-growing audience for hardboiled man-of-action detectives who spoke and wrote in a stylized vernacular, the series navigated the Twentieth C
Bill Hall
Feb 06, 2015 Bill Hall rated it really liked it
Goldsborough compiles a very interesting and plausible prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mystery series. The author employs nearly all of the familiar Stout characters from Fretz Brenner to Purlie Stebbins as ways to introduce Archie to them. Goldsborough also weaves little details of Archie's life from Stout's books into this narrative.

In this story nineteen year old Archie Goodwin travels to New York from his boyhood home of Chillicothe, Ohio in the early 1930s presumably someti
Oct 23, 2013 Rinnerl rated it really liked it
In „Archie meets Nero Wolfe“ written by Robert Goldsborough the to-be „Partners in Crime“ meet and work together for the very first time.

Archie Goodwin, 19 (NINETEEN!!!! :D years old and fresh from Ohio meets Nero Wolfe, orchid lover, gourmet and New Yorks best and most famous private investigator.

An occasion to behold!

Spoiler! Spoiler! A little. Maybe.

The abduction of an 8 year old boy brings Archie and with him some well known (and loved) characters of other books (Saul, Fred, Orrie) to the
Jun 24, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This books is a fabulous homage to Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin, lovingly filling in the backstory of Archie's first meeting Wolfe, and linking in many little things we knew were in Archie's past from Wolfe's writings. Wolfe is on the periphery, as is Fritz (Archie doesn't really get to know them here), this story is about a young Archie, newly in New York. Fittingly, Archie hasn't quite got the wise-guy New Yorker repartee quite down yet, and as such is a softer and gentler Archie. Cramer, along ...more
Kelly Stark
Decent, but missing the master's touch

It's been almost forty years since the elderly lady who ran the used book store near my apartment at college recommended I try Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe." Since then, I've read, re-read, listened to audiobooks, watched portrayals by Robert Conrad, Maury Chaykin, and Thayer David - all for just a little more of life in and around the brownstone.

I'm a character-driven guy; give me characters I love and I'll follow them through plot holes large and small. When S
Diane K.
May 02, 2015 Diane K. rated it liked it
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Katharine Kimbriel
Mar 17, 2015 Katharine Kimbriel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books
Shelves: mystery, history
If you love mysteries, you've probably heard of detective Nero Wolfe, even if you've never gotten around to reading one of Rex Stout's books. He's a vintage quirky classic detective, the only one who had a reason to gather everyone into one room for a Reveal at the end of the tale. When Stout died, we all mourned the passing of a man who gave us Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, Fritz the chef and butler, and the other regulars of his depression-era New York City.

Journalist Robert Goldsborough was giv
Kam Hitchcock
Mar 13, 2015 Kam Hitchcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Introduction to a Classic Mystery/P. I. Series

For long term Nero Wolfe fans and for the lucky ones just beginning the adventures, this is a well imagined start to the Nero Wolfe--Archie Goodwin collaboration.
To Mr. Goldborough however I have one tsk tsk. At one point in a discussion between Wolfe and Mr. Williamson, Mr. Goldborough writes "I did not mean to infer sir that you are intimidated by Inspector Cramer..." One of my all time favorite Wolfe moments took place when Archie found him
Sep 14, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it
In the Super Clever Detectives genre, Sherlock Holmes stands out as the man who can observe the scene and pick up all kinds of information that no one else has seen. But we also have Nero Wolfe, who is a recluse, staying home and sending out a team of detectives to pick up bits and pieces of the facts. Nero analyzes all the info others have collected, then, at the appropriate time, he gathers the interested parties, including police, suspects and detectives, and resolves the mystery.

Another simi
May 23, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the Robert Goldsborough continuation of the Nero Wolfe series (after the 47 volumes by Rex Stout). This series entry is a prequel telling of how Archie Goodwin met and came to work for Nero Wolfe. A very interesting period piece that follows the contemporary The Missing Chapter (1994), Archie Meets Nero Wolfe (2012) takes place during the Depression and is set before Rex Stout's initial Nero Wolfe adventure Fer-de-Lance (1934) which takes place in Spring 1933. Many of the recurring private ...more
Wayland Smith
May 19, 2014 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it
This is a nicely done prequel to the Nero Wolfe mysteries. Rex Stout originally never wrote a start point for the series, and, when Robert Goldsborough took over, he followed the same pattern. The series is, by and large, episodic, and one of the few that can largely be read as you find them. Order isn't hugely important. There are a few minor exceptions, but overall the series isn't as sequential as, say, JD Robb's In Death or Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.

That said, this is a very enjoyable
Mar 16, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I have read all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, many of them more them once. Robert Goldsboro has caught the essence of Nero and friends and brought them back for me. Archie is 19 years old and has arrived in New York looking for adventure. He decides he wants to be a detective and is hired by Del Bascome. Nero is working on the kidnapping of the Williamson son. The different stories are brought together skillfully. I recommend this book highly.
Una Tiers
Jan 24, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
I like noir fiction and Bob Goldsborough does a fine job at it whether it's Nero or Snap Malek. Good pace, fun language.
Nov 30, 2012 Suzie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, detective
Archie works with Wolfe for the first time. The plot is a 'backstory' case mentioned in Stout's books. All of the operatives are Stout's. Written with the blessing of the Stouts. An entertaining mystery, but the dialogue/characterization lacks Stout's trademark snappy/funny/emotional moments. You should enjoy this if you enjoy the originals, but it isn't really the same. There isn't a Pfui in the whole book.
May 28, 2013 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-mysteries
What a delightful surprise! After long having been a fan of Rex Stout and the series on A&E, I was unsure whether I'd enjoy this slim book. Did I ever! Mr. Goldsborough has the characters down to a "T". This was my first foray into this new series and I can't wait to read many more! Perfect summer reading material for anyone who enjoys mysteries, Rex Stout or a good old fashioned potboiler!
Aug 21, 2013 Sharla rated it liked it
Robert Goldsborough does a pretty fair job bringing Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe back to life. This one is not quite up to the standard. The wit doesn't have the same sharpness or edge that Rex Stout gave them. The plot isn't as inventive or interesting. In spite of the failings, it is a solid three star book and I would recommend it for those who are hungry for new Nero Wolfe adventures.
Cheryl Brandt
Mar 21, 2015 Cheryl Brandt rated it really liked it
I'm have been reading Nero Wolfe mysteries for many years, and have always enjoyed them.

Archie is one of my favorite characters, I always enjoy his attitude and his dialogue with everyone.

Robert Goldsborough had large shoes to fill in taking over from Rex Stout, and I've always felt he's done a creditable job.

This story, of how Archie and Nero meet, also tells the story if how Archie became a private investigator, who trained him, and how he came to work for Nero, and in the process tells the st
Mary Frances
Nov 28, 2012 Mary Frances rated it really liked it
Pretty good, but clearly misses the mark with dialogue, esp. Saul Panzer. Still, it's fun to read about my beloved Archie and Nero and I am willing to overlook the flaws for the experience. Rex Stout is gone, but Nero and Archie live on, and that's good enough for me.
Debra Jeakins
Apr 06, 2015 Debra Jeakins rated it it was amazing
TRULY EXCELLENT!! Robert Goldsborough has done it again he has brought Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe & all their friends (and not so much friends) back to life. ARCHIE MEETS NERO WOLFE A PREQUEL introduces us to a very very young Archie Goodwin, 19 years old to be exact. He has just moved to New York City from Ohio looking for a change, and boy does he get a change!

Mr.Goldsborough has written seven other Nero Wolfe books in the past and I have read and reread them all. He has truly brought Arc
Jul 13, 2015 M.l.d. rated it it was ok
Not having read Goldsborough's other Wolfe stories, I didn't know quite what to expect with this. While the basic mystery was solid, I was disappointed with the characterizations. Archie's voice didn't sound like Archie. Wolfe was better, a closer approximation of Stout, but he behaved in ways that were very not-Wolfe. I also felt the foreshadowing of Orrie Cather's arc throughout the Wolfe novels was a little thick--like the author forgot that Orrie is actually supposed to be a little likable.

Jul 12, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
I love the Nero Wolfe series and read the entire collection years ago when I first discovered it. Although not quite as good as the original books by Rex Stout, the Robert Goldsborough books that continue the series are still worth reading. This was a prequel to the series, where we discover how Archie Goodwin first met Nero Wolfe and came to work for him. It was a decent mystery plot with classic Nero Wolfe behavior/deduction. My only complaint is that some of the characters seemed to be a bit ...more
Tom Lewis
Nov 17, 2012 Tom Lewis rated it liked it
Pfui. A good story, but the words coming from the characters' mouths seemed off. Also a few continuity errors...
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Robert Goldsborough is an American author of mystery novels. He was born in 1937 and grew up in the Chicago area. Although he worked for 45 years for the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age, he first came to prominence in the 1980s with the publication, with the approval of the estate of Rex Stout, of his Nero Wolfe mystery Murder in E Minor. Written privately for his mother back in 1978, shortly ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (10 books)
  • Murder in E Minor
  • Death on Deadline
  • The Bloodied Ivy
  • The Last Coincidence (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe)
  • Fade to Black
  • Silver Spire
  • The Missing Chapter
  • Murder in the Ball Park (Nero Wolfe Novels by Robert Goldsborough #9)
  • Archie in the Crosshairs

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